Stroud gain revenge over earlier defeat
PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010
A DEPLETED Yatton had the opportunity to take the lead at Stroud within the first 10 minutes of their Western Counties North League match, but two penalty attempts flew wide. Josh Lister's penalty for Stroud was equalled by Ga
Stroud 16 pts Yatton 13 ptsA DEPLETED Yatton had the opportunity to take the lead at Stroud within the first 10 minutes of their Western Counties North League match, but two penalty attempts flew wide.Josh Lister's penalty for Stroud was equalled by Gareth Walters for Yatton seconds after. Yatton's edge in mobility was matched by Stroud's kicking ability.Despite territorial advantage to Yatton, it was Julian Harry who broke through several tackles to touch down that gave Stroud the points advantage again. In first half injury time, Lister and Walters again traded penalties.Stroud turned around at 13-6 up and were given a warning when Yatton's captain Chris Harris, collected a long ball from a line-out and touched down beneath the posts. Walters' conversion levelled the scores again. Shortly after a player from both sides was yellow carded.Stroud's eventual reward was the last of Lister's three penalty conversions with 10 minutes to go. Which by coincidence gave his side the same home winning margin that they had lost by at Yatton early in the season. n When Yatton Rugby Club president John Crew received a desperate appeal from the Northern Collegiate in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, only days before it, set his mind racing.Sixteen years ago, Yatton RFC had travelled to Sarnia and now the Canadian side sought help after pre-arranged accommodation in South Wales fell through. The Canadian squad consisted of 30 young men of about 17-years-old and five minders. They were all billeted with Yatton RFC families or friends within a remarkable short space of time for the weekend.After arriving from London on the Friday the group experienced a rugby Six Nations international at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium on Saturday and played two hours of rugby against Yatton's Under-16s on Sunday. This was followed by watching the France v England international in the clubhouse.All agreed that Todd Whitlock, the Northern College teacher who had organised the whole trip, had done a superb job in Sarnia Saints' 50th year and that he had brought with him excellent representatives of the young men of Canada.The Canadian group left Yatton on Monday to see Bristol and Bath, before playing Avonmouth and then on to Basingstoke with tickets for the Twickenham international.